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From Raminder Singh <rsand...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Usergrid BaaS Stack for Apache Incubator
Date Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:33:00 GMT
+1 (non-binding). 

Thanks
Raminder
On Sep 26, 2013, at 11:04 AM, Chris Mattmann <mattmann@apache.org> wrote:

> +1 from me (binding).
> 
> G'luck!
> 
> Cheers,
> Chris
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Jagielski <jim@jaguNET.com>
> Reply-To: "general@incubator.apache.org" <general@incubator.apache.org>,
> "general@incubator.apache.org" <general@incubator.apache.org>
> Date: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:44 AM
> To: "general@incubator.apache.org" <general@incubator.apache.org>
> Subject: [VOTE] Usergrid BaaS Stack for Apache Incubator
> 
>> After a useful and successful proposal cycle, I would like to propose
>> a VOTE on accepting Usergrid, a multi-tenant Backend-as-a-Service
>> stack for web & mobile applications based on RESTful APIs, as an Apache
>> Incubator podling.
>> 
>> Voting to run for 72+ hours...
>> 
>> Here is a link to the proposal:
>> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/UsergridProposal
>> 
>> It is also pasted below:
>> 
>> = Usergrid Proposal =
>> 
>> == Abstract ==
>> 
>> Usergrid is a multi-tenant Backend-as-a-Service stack for web & mobile
>> applications, based on RESTful APIs.
>> 
>> 
>> == Proposal ==
>> 
>> Usergrid is an open-source Backend-as-a-Service (³BaaS² or ³mBaaS²)
>> composed
>> of an integrated distributed NoSQL database, application layer and client
>> tier with SDKs for developers looking to rapidly build web and/or mobile
>> applications. It provides elementary services (user registration &
>> management, data storage, file storage, queues) and retrieval features
>> (full
>> text search, geolocation search, joins) to power common app features.
>> 
>> It is a multi-tenant system designed for deployment to public cloud
>> environments (such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, etc.) or to run on
>> traditional server infrastructures so that anyone can run their own
>> private
>> BaaS deployment.
>> 
>> For architects and back-end teams, it aims to provide a distributed,
>> easily
>> extendable, operationally predictable and highly scalable solution. For
>> front-end developers, it aims to simplify the development process by
>> enabling them to rapidly build and operate mobile and web applications
>> without requiring backend expertise.
>> 
>> 
>> == Background ==
>> 
>> Developing web or mobile applications obviously necessitates writing and
>> maintaining more than just front-end code. Even simple applications can
>> implicitly rely on server code being run to store users, perform database
>> queries, serve images and video files, etc. Developing and maintaining
>> such
>> backend services requires skills not always available or expected of app
>> development teams. Beyond that, the proliferation of apps inside of
>> companies leads to the creation of many different, ad-hoc, unequally
>> maintained backend solutions created by employees and contractors alike
>> and
>> hosted on a wide variety of environments. This is causing poor resource
>> usage, operational issues, as well as security, privacy & compliance
>> concerns.
>> 
>> In response to this problem, companies have long tried to standardize
>> their
>> server-side stack or unify them behind an ESB or API strategy.
>> Backends-as-a-Service follow a similar approach but their unique
>> characteristic is strongly tying  1) a persistence tier (typically a
>> database), 2) a server-side application tier delivering a set of common
>> services and 3) a set of client-side application interface mechanisms. For
>> example, a BaaS could package 1) MongoDB with 2) a node.js application
>> that
>> offers access through 3) WebSockets. In the case of Usergrid, the trifecta
>> is 1) Cassandra, 2) Java + Jersey and 3) a RESTful API.
>> 
>> The Backend-as-a-Service approach has steadily gained popularity in the
>> last
>> few years with cloud providers such Parse.com, Stackmob.com and
>> Kinvey.com,
>> each operating tens of thousands of apps for tens of thousands of
>> developers. The trend has already reached large organizations as well,
>> with
>> global companies such as Korea Telecom internally building a privately-run
>> BaaS platform. But so far, there have been limited options for developers
>> that want a non-proprietary, open option for hosting and providing these
>> services themselves, or for enterprise and government users who want to
>> provide these capabilities from their own data centers, especially on a
>> very
>> large scale.
>> 
>> 
>> == Rationale ==
>> 
>> The issue this proposal deals with is implicit in the name.
>> Backend-as-a-Service platforms are usually offered solely as proprietary
>> cloud services. They are typically closed sourced, hosted on public
>> clouds,
>> and require subscription payment. Usergrid opens the playing field, by
>> making a fully-featured BaaS platform freely available to all. This
>> includes
>> developers that previously could not afford them, such as mobile
>> enthusiasts, small boutiques, and cost-sensitive startups. This also
>> includes large companies that benefit from a reference implementation they
>> can deploy in trust, or extend to their needs without losing time writing
>> less-vetted, less-performant boilerplate functionality.
>> 
>> Usergrid has been open source since 2011 and has grown as an independent
>> project, garnering 11 primary committers, 35 total contributors, 260+
>> participants on its mailing list, with 3,700+ commits, 200+ external
>> contributions, 350+ stars and 100+ forks on Github, not to mention several
>> large scale production deployments at major global companies in the media,
>> retail, telecommunication and government spaces.
>> 
>> The Apache Software Foundation's "Way", by putting community before the
>> code, will help Usergrid establish a vibrant, more diverse community to
>> provide these features freely to downstream users. The incubation process
>> will help build this community and clear out the cobwebs, while vetting
>> the
>> IP to provide a pristine ASLv2 licensed product to users. Under such
>> conditions, our hope is that Usergrid will have a brighter future, and
>> provide better assurances as an independent organic open source project,
>> instead of continuing forward as a project sponsored by a handful of
>> companies.
>> 
>> 
>> == Initial Goals ==
>> 
>> We have no serious codebase concerns at the present moment. Besides
>> vetting
>> the IP by making sure the dependencies are Apache License 2.0 compatible,
>> our main initial concern is to grow community and keep adding features to
>> make Usergrid as robust as possible. However some logistics based goals
>> include:
>> 
>> * Move the existing code base to Apache
>> * Integrate with the Apache development process
>> * Ensure all dependencies are compliant with Apache License 2.0
>> * Set up open-source docs and website
>> * Incremental development and releases per Apache Guidelines
>> 
>> 
>> == Current Statusi ==
>> 
>> === Meritocracy ===
>> The project team's goals have always been to grow the community by
>> encouraging contributors to participate. The project has grown steadily
>> and
>> smoothly from the efforts of the original creator and project founder (Ed
>> Anuff) to a small circle of committers (at Apigee), to a distributed,
>> multi-vendor community (Apigee and Korea Telecom) that also includes
>> outside
>> committers (Globo and others), as well as non-salaried committers.
>> Together
>> we discuss the project¹s goals and roadmap openly, making drastic yet
>> positive changes to the project's direction based on everyone's input. Our
>> goal is to drive further community diversification in a way that only a
>> foundation-sponsored project can achieve, rather than what a vendor-led
>> project can accomplish.
>> 
>> 
>> === Community ===
>> We have a public Google Group for support here:
>> https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/usergrid with over 250
>> active
>> participants, 367 threads and new messages every day. Usergrid also has an
>> active community on Github issues (with over 200 discussions):
>> https://github.com/apigee/usergrid-stack/issues?state=all. Some of these
>> users have contributed their open applications back to the community or
>> have
>> built their own new SDKs for Usergrid found here on Github:
>> https://github.com/search?q=usergrid&source=cc.
>> 
>> Expanding and nurturing the Usergrid community is our primary concern and
>> one of the main reasons for the decision to apply for incubation.
>> Usergrid
>> has been developed openly on Github for many years and has enjoyed active
>> developer participation by a committers from all over the globe.  However,
>> due to the disparate nature and wide variety of the Github repos that
>> comprise the Usergrid project (the Usergrid-stack, 8 separate SDKs, the
>> Admin Portal, and various samples), it has been challenging to grow a
>> unified community.  Bringing the entire project under the umbrella of
>> Apache
>> will promote a unification of the Usergrid community and enable all
>> developers to collaborate on the project.
>> 
>> === Core Developers ===
>> The core developers include Apache Committers, PMC Members, and Members of
>> the ASF. The developers, some of whom have have been involved with the
>> Apache Incubator and Apache Lucene as PMC members, are active mentors and
>> have participated in and contributed to several projects: i.e. Apache,
>> Lucene, Cassandra, Hibernate, Directory, Wicket, Commons, Roller, MINA,
>> Karaf, Felix, Cloud Stack, HCatalog, and Commons projects. Many of them
>> are
>> also active in Open-source beyond code, and have positions on the
>> committees
>> or organization such as OSCON.
>> 
>> 
>> === Alignment ===
>> The initial code base leverages several Apache Software Foundation
>> products.
>> Usergrid leverages Apache Cassandra for its scalable data store, and uses
>> Maven for its build system. Almost half of Usergrid's dependencies are
>> Apache dependencies:
>> 
>> * Apache Cassandra
>> * Apache Tomcat
>> * Apache Commons
>> * Apache ZooKeeper
>> * Apache Shiro
>> * Apache Amber
>> * Apache Thrift
>> * Apache ActiveMQ
>> * Apache HttpClient
>> * Apache Lucene
>> * Apache JClouds
>> 
>> Besides these direct alignments, Usergrid also complements Apache Cordova
>> and could provide several advantages to the mobile application developer
>> community they serve.
>> 
>> 
>> == Known Risks ==
>> 
>> === Orphaned products ===
>> There are now at least two vendors running Usergrid in product. Apigee is
>> an
>> established startup with a large, diversified customer roster and Korea
>> Telecom is a major, national telecommunications company. The continuity of
>> Usergrid, as an open-source, vendor-independent product are in the
>> interest
>> of all parties. Beyond the vendors, Globo.com and many others large
>> companies have been relying on Usergrid for critical applications and as
>> such they are committed to contributing to the effort.
>> 
>> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
>> The Usergrid project has been open source and under the ALv2 for 2 years
>> on
>> Github and many of its contributors came with previous open-source
>> experience, (as referenced above), including active members of these
>> communities:
>> 
>> * Apache
>> * Cassandra (& Hector)
>> * Lucene
>> * Hibernate
>> * CouchDB
>> * PhoneGap
>> * jQuery
>> 
>> Development in this open forum has resulted in a growing community of
>> contributors, and the Usergrid project is now ready and eager to embrace
>> and
>> learn from Apache's wealth of experience. Usergrid would like to embrace
>> an
>> even greater culture of open participation as witnessed on so many Apache
>> projects.
>> 
>> === Homogenous Developers ===
>> The core development team for Usergrid is a geographically and
>> technologically diverse group. Apigee¹s team is itself distributed, with
>> contributors based in each timezone in the continental US. Additional
>> regular contributors have joined us from India, Asia, Oceania, South
>> America, the Middle East and Europe. While roughly half of our core
>> developers come from a Java background, the other half is comprised of
>> iOS,
>> Ruby, and JavaScript developers.
>> 
>> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
>> Most of the principal developers are paid by their employers to
>> contribute,
>> but not all. Throughout the life of the project, we¹ve seen passionate,
>> personal commitment from all parties, as evidenced by our commit
>> distribution on weekends
>> (https://github.com/apigee/usergrid-stack/graphs/punch-card). We also
>> believe, given the growing interest in mobile API services and the range
>> of
>> individuals and corporations that are eager to participate, that
>> non-salaried contributions will grow. We know the "The Apache Way" will
>> help
>> us further accelerate this process.
>> 
>> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
>> There's much potential for collaboration with Apache Cordova and, of
>> course,
>> the Cassandra community because of the underlying foundations of
>> Usergrid's
>> scalability. In the future there may be more interactions with any of the
>> communities that Usergrid has direct dependencies to.
>> 
>> === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
>> Although we are aware of the strength of the Apache brand, we are
>> primarily
>> interested in the transforming power of the Apache Way to help guide
>> Usergrid towards a more diversified and meritocratic community. To that
>> end,
>> the brand's primary benefit for us is to help to attract more participants
>> and diversify the community. Having several committers, PMC participants,
>> and members of Apache as developers on Usergrid, there's little
>> infatuation
>> with the brand, and the Usergrid community is actively conscious of this
>> not
>> being a driver for joining the Apache community.
>> 
>> 
>> == Documentation ==
>> 
>> Information on Usergrid can be found at:
>> https://developers.apigee.com/app-services.
>> 
>> 
>> == Initial Source ==
>> 
>> All initial sources can be found here: https://github/usergrid
>> 
>> 
>> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
>> 
>> The IP transfer for Usergrid is trivial due to it's single source and
>> existing ASLv2 licensing.
>> 
>> 
>> == External Dependencies ==
>> 
>> Most dependencies are Apache compatible licenses (Category A). A small set
>> of Category B licenses, like the CDDL exists. For more details please see
>> Dependency Licenses.
>> 
>> 
>> == Cryptography ==
>> 
>> Not relevant to Usergrid since all code dealing with cryptography already
>> comes from the JDK or from dependencies on  Apache Software.
>> 
>> 
>> == Required Resources ==
>> 
>> === Mailing lists ===
>> * private@usergrid.incubator.apache.org (moderated)
>> * dev@usergrid.incubator.apache.org
>> * commits@usergrid.incubator.apache.org
>> 
>> === Subversion Directory ===
>> We prefer to use Git as our source control system:
>> git://git.apache.org/usergrid/. If possible, we would like to keep
>> leveraging the extremely useful github facilities for workflow using a
>> process much like that employed by the Apache Cordova project (documented
>> here http://wiki.apache.org/cordova/ContributorWorkflow).
>> 
>> === Issue Tracking ===
>> JIRA Usergrid (USERGRID)
>> 
>> === Other Resources ===
>> None.
>> 
>> 
>> == Initial Committers ==
>> 
>> * Alberto Leal <albertonb@gmail.com> (Globo.com)
>> * Alex Karasulu <akarasulu@apache.org> (Apigee)
>> * Dave Johnson <snoopdave@apache.org> (Apigee)
>> * Ed Anuff <ed@anuff.com> (Apigee)
>> * Nate McCall <zznate.m@gmail.com> (The Last Pickle)
>> * Rod Simpson <rod@rodsimpson.com> (Apigee)
>> * Scott Ganyo <scottganyo@apache.org> (Apigee)
>> * Shaozhuang Liu <stliu@hibernate.org>
>> * Sungju Jin <sungju@softwaregeeks.org> (Korea Telecom)
>> * Tim Anglade <timanglade@gmail.com> (Apigee)
>> * Todd Nine <todd.nine@gmail.com> (Apigee)
>> * Jim Jagielski <jim@apache.org> (RedHat)
>> 
>> 
>> == Affiliations ==
>> 
>> * Apigee
>> * Korea Telecom
>> * Globo.com
>> * The Last Pickle
>> 
>> 
>> == Sponsors ==
>> 
>> === Champion ===
>> Jim Jagielski <jim@apache.org>
>> 
>> === Nominated Mentors ===
>> * Alex Karasulu <akarasulu@apache.org>
>> * Dave Johnson <snoopdave@apache.org>
>> 
>> === Sponsoring Entity ===
>> Incubator PMC
>> 
>> 
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